Originally posted by checkbaiter
6 eye-popping cases of mainstream media fake news
And these same people want to tell us what is fake news...
I actually bothered to read that. I don't know about the first story, but he's calling an award winning journalist a faker. His evidence seems to consist of "What I wrote at the time."
For his second example of fake news he picked this:
Another example of “fake news” by those supposedly concerned about same was revealed by Michael Martinez. In 2012, he reported: “George Zimmerman … is suing NBC Universal for using ‘the oldest form of yellow journalism’ by editing an audio tape of his 911 call to make him sound racist, the lawsuit says.”
Martinez reported that the suit stated: “Because of NBC’s deceptive and exploitative manipulations, the public wrongly believes that Zimmerman ‘use(d) a racial epithet’ while describing Martin during the call to the dispatcher on that fateful night.”
NBC claimed, “There was no intent to portray Mr. Zimmerman unfairly.” The problem with their claims of innocence is that “NBC aired various edited versions of the 911 call on March 19, 20, 22, and 27,” the suit said.
What he didn't mention is that NBC won the case. The judge found that there is no convincing evidence that NBC knew that the tape was faked.
The Killian affair is true, but again there is no reason to believe that they knew
that the document was a forgery, however they should not have been so ready to believe it. That GW missed a medical and was grounded as a pilot is not in dispute.
He mentions NBC suspending an employee, Brian Williams, for making false statements about his experiences during the Iraq War. I couldn't find this on Wikipedia, so I can't make a judgement, except that it doesn't seem to be a news story.
The GM motors vs NBC is also true and due, in part, to its parent company getting them to cut costs by employing cheaper journalists. However it is from 1992.
So he found six stories that were false spread over a period of 25 years. With the exception of NBC's story about exploding trucks, he provides no evidence that the stories were deliberately faked.
What people complain about with fake news is the way it is starting to dominate. Here is a real example of fake news which is totally invented , here msn repeats it , and snopes.com debunks it . Why the fake story? The inventors of these stories put them on Facebook and other social media sites which are then shared by the gullible in order to get clicks onto their site, this gains them advertising revenue. More sinister is the possibility of fake news for political ends. Log onto Facebook and scroll down and you will almost certainly find 6 fake news stories published in the last week. The mainstream media do not habitually
make things up. They might suppress stories or overplay them, but as a rule they don't completely invent stories.